The time for speculation is over! The nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles (Tuesday night in Australia) by Academy President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway. So, who made the cut? Find out after the jump!
Box office behemoth Avatar and Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker led the pack with 9 nominations apiece, including Best Picture. The films, respectively directed by ex-husband and wife James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, will face off against 8 other contenders in the Best Picture category. It is the first time since 1943 that this many films have competed for the Academy’s top award.
Also nominated for Best Picture: The Blind Side (2 noms), District 9 (4 noms), An Education (3 noms), Inglourious Basterds (8 noms), Precious (6 noms), A Serious Man (2 noms), Up (5 noms) and Up in the Air (6 noms).
It’s important to note that Pixar’s Up became the first animated film since Beauty and the Beast in 1992 to be nominated for Best Picture.
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Matt Damon – INVICTUS
Woody Harrelson – THE MESSENGER
Christopher Plummer – THE LAST STATION
Stanley Tucci – THE LOVELY BONES
Christoph Waltz – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
THE HURT LOCKER – Mark Boal
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS – Quentin Tarantino
THE MESSENGER – Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
A SERIOUS MAN – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
UP – Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy
BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED
AN EDUCATION – Nick Hornby
DISTRICT 9 – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
IN THE LOOP – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
PRECIOUS – Geoffrey Fletcher
UP IN THE AIR – Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
BEST DOCUMENTARY, FEATURES
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SONG
Discuss: Your thoughts on this year’s batch of nominees? How did expanding the Best Picture field to 10 nominees pan out?